Arsenal FC: Top 6 Deadline-Day Transfers Arsenal Missed out on

Yoosof Farah@@YoosofFarahSenior Writer IIISeptember 3, 2011

Arsenal FC: Top 6 Deadline-Day Transfers Arsenal Missed out on

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    On transfer deadline day, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was the busiest of all Premier League managers, making calls and meeting players and agents left, right and centre as he desperately tried to add to his depleted squad. However, he signed only a few of his targets.

    In the end, he managed to get Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun over the line from Everton and Chelsea, respectively, and finalised deals for Per Mertesacker, Andre Santos and Park Chu-Young, as he started to spend the £60 million raised from the sales of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.

    They weren't his top targets, though, with Wenger ultimately missing out on several bigger-name players. 

Marek Hamsik

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    Arsenal reportedly failed with a £25 million bid for Napoli and Slovakia playmaker Marek Hamsik, who was seemingly lined up as a replacement for Samir Nasri.

    After having the door slammed shut in his face following an enquiry into the availability of Eden Hazard from Lille OSC, Arsene Wenger turned his attentions to the 24-year-old Hamsik.

    However, his bid for the midfielder was rejected, with the player himself seemingly preferring to stay with his current team, and the lure of UEFA Champions League football already on offer at Napoli.

    Hamsik would've been a great addition for Wenger after he scored 11 goals and made six assists in Serie A last season.  

Lucho Gonzalez

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    Marseille midfielder Lucho Gonzalez confirmed Arsenal were interested in his services, with rumours of a deadline-day transfer circulating after the Gunners previously had a bid for him rejected.

    The 30-year-old said: "I never wanted to leave, but I appreciate that Arsenal were interested in me."

    And according to his statistics in Ligue 1 last season, Gonzalez is a player that the Gunners could have done with.

    He made six assists and 75 key passes last season, and had a 76 percent passing accuracy rate, sixth highest in France's top-flight, whilst also scoring eight goals from just 22 shots on target.

    A lot of his statistics don't measure up to those of Mikel Arteta, but he does beat Arsenal's new £10 million signing in the three most important areas—goals, assists and key passes—making one more assist, 22 more key passes and scoring five more goals than the Spaniard.

    He also revealed a lot about the Gunners when he commented on their transfer policy.

    Gonzalez revealed about his negotiations with Arsenal: "We did not reach an agreement because they were looking for a younger player who would fetch a bigger fee in the future." 

Yoann Gourcuff

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    Arsenal missed on an 11th-hour swoop for France and Lyon star Yoann Gourcuff after chief scout and former legend Gilles Grimandi was given the task for ringing up the Ligue 1 club, asking for a loan move.

    Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas revealed: "I had a call on the penultimate day of the transfer window [from] Gilles Grimandi for a loan deal...we made the choice [to keep] Gourcuff, just like last year."

    And it seems the experienced 25-year-old was also a top player Arsene Wenger missed out on, despite a poor season by the young Frenchman's own standards in which he featured in only 25 league games.

    He only scored three goals and made five assists last season, the same as Mikel Arteta, but had a higher key passes per game ratio, and had the third highest passing accuracy rate in Ligue 1, with a higher overall passing accuracy rate than Arteta. 

Eljero Elia

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    One player with genuine flair and excitement Arsenal needed, and missed out on, was Juventus newboy Eljero Elia, who conceded the Gunners were interested in his signature on transfer deadline day.

    He revealed: "My agent did have contact with Arsenal, but it took too long. I had no contact with Arsene Wenger."

    Elia only made 24 league appearances for Bundesliga side Hamburg SV last season, scoring two goals and making just three assists, but he successfully completed 2.7 dribbles per game, higher than any Arsenal player, and was fairly productive in possession, making 1.17 key passes per game.

    And his ability to keep possession is something Arsenal definitely need after they saw less of the ball at home to Liverpool and lost 2-0, and also saw significantly less ball time against Manchester United at Old Trafford, with everyone knowing how that one turned out!

Florent Malouda

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    Arsenal reportedly lined up an £8 million transfer deadline-day bid for Chelsea winger Florent Malouda.

    Considering the 31-year-old is still at Stamford Bridge, it's clear that offer was knocked back.

    And considering Arsene Wenger's men desperately need more creativity in their team, Malouda is certainly a player that would have massively improved the Gunners.

    He made more key passes than any other player in the Premier League last season, creating 117 chances for teammates, 26 more than second-placed Kevin Davies of Bolton Wanderers, and had the second highest passing accuracy rate behind Tottenham Hotspur's Rafael Van Der Vaart.

    Malouda also had a better ability than a lot of Arsenal's players to keep possession, as he successfully completed 1.5 dribbles per game.

    Add to that his vast experience, which includes a Premier League winners medal, two FA Cup winners medals, four Ligue 1 winners medals and a World Cup runner-up medal, and Florent Malouda is a top player who would've greatly boosted the Arsenal team.   

Mario Goetze

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    Arsenal apparently failed with a £35 million deadline-day bid for Borussia Dortmund and Germany star Mario Goetze.

    The 19-year-old is one of the best (if not the best) young players in Europe at the moment, and set the Bundesliga alight last season.

    He made 83 key passes and 11 assists at a rate of one goal scored for 7.54 chances created. To put it in perspective, that's better than Nuri Sahin, and much better than the player on the previous slide, who managed to assist one goal for every 29.25 chances he created.

    Not only that, but he had the second highest passing accuracy rate in the Bundesliga, and scored six goals from just 23 shots on target.

    This season he's continued in sparkling form, having made three assists and scored a goal in just two games.

    A player with massive potential, Goetze fits the bill for Arsenal's transfer policy of young, talented players with the possibility of much higher re-sale values.

    It's just a shame for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal that he couldn't lure the young German to the Emirates.